The first meeting for was held on Wednesday, June 29, at 6 p.m. in the Eliza R. Snow Center for the Performing Arts 270.
“The Associated Students of the Eliza R. Snow Society is an organization focused on the important enhancement and experiences of performing and visual arts for all BYU-Idaho students,” said Kevin Brower, the dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
He said the newly formed society exists to give an opportunity for students to have experience in promoting and supporting the arts, to foster interactions between faculty members, students, and members of the Eliza R. Snow Society along with professionals in the art industry.
The purpose of the society is also to provide leadership and entrepreneurial opportunities and to help students create networks and friendships with others who are in support of the arts.
“It is meant to be an advocacy group,” said Richard Clifford, the associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “It is intended to help students connect with each other, to help promote the arts and to be able to network with professionals.”
Clifford said that in the arts, networking and making connections is extremely important because it gives students an opportunity to share with others why the arts are important, even if they’re not an artist.
“In the arts, connections are everything,” said Camilla Martinez, a senior studying theatre performance. “It’s really hard as an artist getting work. Your connections can help you find jobs and new opportunities you weren’t anticipating, and to help other students out.”
Martinez said that networking is not just about getting a job, but also finding opportunities to collaborate with people.
“Everything we do in theatre is about collaboration,” Martinez said. “If you don’t know how to collaborate, then the unity in the piece will suffer. The best networking happens when you are able to connect with somebody on that level of passion, and the best pieces of work in theatre are due to good collaboration and communication.”
Brower said there will be many benefits for students who choose to participate in the society, including the chance to develop skills that are important for life.
“Members of the society are actively engaged in designing and implementing strategies for more student-body support of the arts on campus,” Brower said. “In addition, they will have closer access to the performing and visual arts scene at BYU-Idaho.”
Porter Justus, a junior studying theatre performance, said working together as a group is key when it comes to the performing arts.
“A one-man show doesn’t go very well,” Justus said. “You need to find people you want to work with, people you work well with and achieve your ultimate goal.”
Martinez said performing students can start now by getting involved in theatre productions, talking with professors and students and getting to know the people around them.
“People need to use this University as an opportunity to create and generate the work to enable them to make connections with people outside this University,” Martinez said. “Talk to everybody and make it happen for yourself.”
Bower said that all full-time students are invited to be a part of the Student Snow Society.
“If students want to be involved, they should contact their mentor or the college office directly and say that they would like to be involved,” Clifford said.